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Giants Walk Past A’s In Series Opening Victory

By Bryan Rose

We all have one of those games every so often. For the Giants, they’ve found themselves on the wrong end a few too many times already this year, but tonight, the shoe, well cleat, found the other foot – at least for a few innings. The Giants, coming off two consecutive two-game series splits unloaded on the erratic Oakland pitching staff early, drawing nine base on balls to go along with eight hits, resulting in a tie of their season high in runs with eight. The bullpen (read Steve Edlefsen) struggled in the sixth as the A’s stormed back, but the lead proved to be too large as the Giants held them off in the 8-6 victory.

Barry Zito was mildly effective, giving up four earned in 5 1/3 innings to a grinding Oakland offense, but the large early lead gave the former Athletic plenty of pitches to play around with. The most promising part of Zito’s line was the lack of walks, only giving up one free pass after he gave up a combined for 14 in his past three starts.

The Giants’ offense was patient and oddly astute, letting Athletics starter Jarrod Parker continually force himself into trouble with his lack of command as he walked four in his two plus innings of work. When the Giants got on base, they didn’t stop there, as Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan each swiped bags, putting themselves into scoring position early in the game. The star of the night though goes to Brandon Belt who knocked in three, all in a variety of different ways –  a bases loaded walk, a sacrifice fly and a single. The young first basemen now has six RBI in his last four starts and at least one RBI in all of those said games.

Giants look to continue their success against the A’s at AT&T Park tomorrow (tonight was their 10th straight victory over the A’s at AT&T), with an early 4:05 Pacific start.